I’m surprised people are mentioning Back to the Egg, I can’t stand that album cover, or the Red Rose Speedway album cover (I love both albums though). I like the Wild Life, Venus and Mars, and London Town album covers the best of the Wings albums.
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RE: Fave Wings Album Cover Pic
RE: Little Lamb Dragonfly
John Mackintosh wrote:
I have been listening to this song recently, on both RRS as well as the "work up" track from the bonus on the RRS deluxe edition from 2018. An article that came out June in the Guardian for his 80th birthday rated the song 15th out of what the author sees as his best 30 post-Fabs songs. Writer of the article, Alexis Petridis, says it is "one of the loviest melodies McCartney has ever written." Superlatives follow-"utterly gorgeous, inexplicably moving. " Wikipedia has someone callling it "haunting." I have been a fan since the late 1960s and I recall when this song came I was baffled by the lyrics but found the melody beautiful but at the same time conveying the emotion of sadness, unlike most of his songs.
I have never considered the lyrics the strong point either and Paul did not include it in his Lyrics book from last November.
So what in the heck does this song mean to you? I regret he didn't include it in his Working Classical CD from 1999 and would love to hear that melody with full orchestra
Little Lamb Dragonfly is probably my favorite song by Paul, I love it. It's beautiful, but in a haunting kind of way, as you mentioned. Happy but with a melancholy tinge. It makes me think of the countryside, and I think has a little bit of a Celtic feel to it too.
RE: Paul can't pick a favorite song from this century
Not surprising Paul can't pick a song from this century, since the best of his work was in the 20th century. That's more than enough to cement his reputation as one of the greatest songwriters. I've loved his work from day one, but for me Chaos and Creation was his last really memorable album of new material. The last few albums have gone straight in one ear and out the other. Every musician that has ever lived has had below-par work, even the greatest, and Paul is no different. But it doesn't matter - the sheer volume of his best work is amazing.
Your favorite song does not have to be one of your best songs, it is just a personal favorite. To me it was shocking that he could not come up with something like "My Valentine" which was written for his wife in this century -lol.
Paul could definitely stand to be more positive about his solo music (and play more of it in concert), but to be fair I think most artists would probably have a hard time picking out their one favorite song/painting/movie/whatever that they've made.
He probably just doesn't have one particular song that is clearly his favorite. I mean, I love his recent solo music as much as anyone, but I wouldn't be able to point to one song and say "that's my clear favorite" (because I love so many of them). He definitely could have sounded more positive though by naming a few songs or saying his most recent album McCartney 3 has some great songs, as others here have said.
RE: Leftovers and Rarities - New Package for Paul and MPL to consider for 2023
B J Conlee wrote:
Just want to let people know that I had my colonoscopy was finished around 1pm (Eastern Standard Time). I was thrilled when my surgeon told me that I don't have any cancers showing.
Now back to my favorite subject --
Just a brief sumary of what I'm proposing for a "Leftovers and Ratities" Project for Paul and MPL to consider for 2023:
1. Starter CD (1 CD with a tracklist of 16 relatively "unknown"songs.
2. Follow-up #1 (2 CD Package with 42 tracks for "Leftovers and Rarities" covering basically from McCartney 1 through Flaming Pie and Run Devil Rund. We're talking about the 70's, 80's and 90's time span. One additonal track I subsequently added to Follow-up #1 Tracklist was the "Live Version of Maybe I'm Amazed"on 1976's Wings Over America Album.
3. Follow-up #2 (2 CD Package with 40 tracks covering basically from Driving Rain to Paul's latest McCartney 3).
I personally have selected all of these tracks but there were a bunch more I could label as Honorable Mentions. Of course, we can quibble over a few of my selections but overall I feel the Packages I've listed above (Leftovers and Rarities) on the whole prove that Paul McCartney is a very unique musical artist (songwriter, musician and singer). I'm also considering "Longevity". I my opinion, Paul McCartney is the #1, 2 or possibly 3rd best modern Musical Artist over the last 50-60 years. I am thinking about artists that can do all 3 components... composing, a great and versatile instrumentalist, and singing (multi-styles).
From a full career (again over 50 plus years) I believe only Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are close to being on the same level as Paul. Personally as a big fan, I consider Paul to be #1. This "Leftovers and Rarities" proposed project is further proof that Paul is that Great of an Artist and Musical Force. On these packages and project, we're talking about close to 100 tracks that were not on Paul's "original albums" and many are virtually "unknown" to casual fans of the Beatles and casual fans of Paul's brilliant Solo Career.
Thanks for reading my post.
Paul is easily my favorite popular music artist, even his "leftover" music is great IMO. I wish more casual fans would give it a chance.
RE: LEFTOVERS AND RARITIES (NEW ALBUM FOR PAUL TO RELEASE FOR HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY
B J Conlee wrote:
Nancy...we will have to agree to disagree. I remember when the subject came up about which songs Paul should play for the upcoming "Got Back" tour and a couple of fans were listing songs like "Monkberry Moon Delight" or even "O'h! Darling". Now for anyone to think that Paul could sing those kind of songs with his current voice is pure "Fantasy". I admit I don't know anything about the costs involved in releasing a new CD but what I'm talking about is using the same audios' of old songs when Paul could really sing is something totally different. It may not be a "realistic" idea but it's not pure fantasy.
Thanks for pointing out when Paul and his Run Devil Run Band did the "Cavern" Show. I was close but should have looked it up before replying.
I side with you on this one BJ. Your compilation idea as you put it may not be "Realistic " but I would not classify it as a "Fantasy". In fact, most other arists who have had a fairly succesful solo career after being in a famous group probably would welcome this type of project. I am a big Lindsay Buckingham fan and he embraces his solo career. He put out great solo anthology recording (3 disc) a few years ago. Heck, he even included two songs he wrote for movie soundtracks (Back To The Future, National Lampoon's Vacation) and added new song. IMO your idea is not realistic is because of Paul not truly embracing his solo career and wanting people to hear all of his music. As for Nancy's "Fantasy" mentioned on another post, "not going there" -lol. Just teasing Nancy !!!
It's too bad because this compilation should be very realistic. IMO it should be an obvious choice for them to release something like this, but unfortunately it's probably not going to happen.
RE: Set List critique
"Agree 100% Yankeefan. My biggest disappointment with the Got Back tour was that, for the most part, Paul totally ignored McCartney 3. Just blows my mind that he would ignore his latest well received album. Where was the Paul from 1976 or even 1989 when he opened a new tour with a non-Beatles song. Find My Way would have been a great opener. So if some in the audience didn't know it...So What? Another missed opportunity! And for that matter, why not do 3-4 songs from McCartney 3 with the full band (including Paul's new "horn" section). That alone would have made McCartney 3 songs on the tour sound a little different than his studio versions."
Those tours Paul cared about being considered a "relevant" artist and said in interview that was why he was opening concert with "Figure Of Eight". Fast forward and all Paul cares about is satisfying the "first timers" and casual Beatle fans. Mind boggling that he did not try and promote "McCartney III" live especially with it being critically acclaimed. His team is so clueless they don't even try to sell "McCartney III" CD's at his shows -smh !!
"After this tour, my biggest question is...what is Paul's "love affair" with "Fuh You"? Of all the songs on Paul's "Got Back" Setlist, "Fuh You" would have been the first song in my opinion to replace. It's not that "Fuh You" was a hit. At least "Come On to Me" made the charts and did pretty well."
Simple answer was he did not want to try and rehearse different "Egypt Station" song. Like you, I dislike the song and IMO it makes Paul look like and damn old fool. Try talking or singing something "sexual" in front of your grown children and watch their reaction -lol. That is how I feel when I hear Paul sing "Come On To Me" or "Fuh You".
I totally agree that it's crazy he doesn't play more songs from McCartney 3, or from any of his newer albums really. So many great songs to choose from.
As for Fuh You, it's catchy and modern sounding so it's probably more likely to pique the curiosity of someone who doesn't know much about his music. It's not my favorite song, but I do like it (though I really dislike the title and wish it was "For You").